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American Libraries

The American Libraries collection includes material contributed from across the United States. Institutions range from the Library of Congress to many local public libraries. As a whole, this collection of material brings holdings that cover many facets of American life and scholarship into the public domain. Significant portions of this collection have been generously sponsored by Microsoft, Yahoo!, The Sloan Foundation, and others.

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Media Type
1,253
collections
2,807,111
texts
5,635
images
2,259
movies
1,091
audio
4
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Availability
2,603,475
Always Available
164,883
Available to Borrow
48,995
Waitlist
Year
16,499
1992
15,010
1990
25,138
1922
24,221
1921
25,966
1920
23,830
1919
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Topics & Subjects
76,612
bub_upload
40,178
genealogy
24,203
public domain
17,342
Registers of births, etc
16,778
Numismatics
14,437
Bible
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Creator
17,149
united states. bureau of the census
11,036
united states. national archives and records service
5,639
city of fort wayne, indiana
5,534
united states. department of agriculture. radio service
4,380
the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints
4,060
united states. foreign agricultural service
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Language
2,115,107
English
220,840
German
199,986
French
49,555
Spanish
48,406
Handwritten English
44,605
Italian
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The Boston Library Consortium
collection
84,422
ITEMS
65.2M
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Books from the Boston Library Consortium . See a Tag Cloud for the Boston Library Consortium collection.
Boston Public Library
collection
54,199
ITEMS
37M
VIEWS
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Books contributed by the Boston Public Library .
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
collection
44,709
ITEMS
24.2M
VIEWS
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As a member of the Open Content Alliance, the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is contributing digital content to the Internet Archive from our Rare Book Collection and North Carolina Collection, including rare Spanish dramas, UNC Yearbooks, and North Carolina legislative materials. Other subject areas such as early North Carolina medical journals and North Carolina judicial materials are also represented. UNC's participation in the Open Content Alliance is...
MBLWHOI Library
collection
10,733
ITEMS
22.2M
VIEWS
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Books from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) .
Getty Research Institute
collection
46,432
ITEMS
19.6M
VIEWS
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Books contributed by Getty Research Institute . The Research Library at the Getty Research Institute focuses on the history of art, architecture, and archaeology with relevant materials in the humanities and social sciences. The range of the collections begins with prehistory and extends to contemporary art. - The Getty Institute
CARLI
collection
15,533
ITEMS
11.7M
VIEWS
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Material in this collection has been provided by The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois . The Consortium leads Illinois academic libraries to create and sustain a rich, supportive, and diverse knowledge environment that furthers teaching, learning, and research through the sharing of collections, expertise, and programs.
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries
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36,427
ITEMS
10.9M
VIEWS
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The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries sends selected library materials to Internet Archive for scanning and online access from a variety of units and collections within the Libraries. These include but are not limited to U. S. Government Documents, UF print Dissertations, Duplicates from the storage collection and the Panama Canal Museum Collection. The Internet Archive pre-scanning processing operation at the Libraries is managed by the Preservation Department. Digitization is...
North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
collection
13,802
ITEMS
10M
VIEWS
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A collection of items from the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center Project.
Topic: UNC yearbooks
Books digitized through a federally funded LSTA grant, through MBLC.
University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
collection
14,523
ITEMS
7M
VIEWS
collection
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Books digitized by the Internet Archive for the University of Massachusetts Libraries.
Media History Digital Library
collection
3,965
ITEMS
6.6M
VIEWS
collection
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A conservation and access project for historical printed materials related to cinema, broadcasting and recorded sound. Visit our new website and read our blog at http://www.mediahistoryproject.org/ Search Media History Digital Library titles: Advanced Search
Brigham Young University
collection
23,365
ITEMS
5.8M
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by Brigham Young University
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Books from the libraries of Brigham Young University
Duke University Libraries
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13,687
ITEMS
5.6M
VIEWS
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Books digitized by the Internet Archive for Duke University Libraries. The Duke University Libraries Digital Collections Program creates distinctive digital collections that provide access to Duke's library and archival materials in support of teaching, learning, and research at Duke and worldwide; and contributes collaboratively to national and international digital collections initiatives that benefit Duke and the larger research community. See a digital archive of thousands of vintage...
Wellesley College Library
collection
6,232
ITEMS
5.1M
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Books from Wellesley College Library
University of Florida Duplicates
collection
3,631
ITEMS
4.1M
VIEWS
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University of Florida Duplicates
Topic: University of Florida
Church History Library
collection
15,539
ITEMS
3.7M
VIEWS
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The collections of the Church History Library contain materials chronicling the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from its beginning in 1830 to the present day. The collections contain manuscripts, books, Church records, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials. The staff creates and maintains catalogs and indexes for accessing this wide variety of information. Search our Catalog...
Topic: Church History Library
US National Library of Medicine
collection
15,766
ITEMS
3.6M
VIEWS
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in Bethesda, Maryland, is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since its founding in 1836, NLM has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. It is the world's largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day. Scientists, health professionals, and the public in...
John Carter Brown Library
collection
11,809
ITEMS
3.4M
VIEWS
collection
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THE JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY is an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846 and located at Brown University since 1901. Housed within the library's walls is an internationally renowned collection of primary historical sources pertaining to North and South America from the time of its discovery by Europeans (ca. 1492) until the end of the colonial period (ca. 1825). View the JCB Collections on Open Library
NLM Medicine in the Americas
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14,187
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3.4M
VIEWS
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Medicine in the Americas – a digital library project of the U.S. National Library of Medicine – consists of works which demonstrate the evolution of American medicine from seventeenth-century colonial frontier outposts to twentieth-century research hospitals. Drawing on the collections of NLM's History of Medicine Division , Medicine in the Americas encompasses works dating as early as 1610 and printed in the United States and around the New World, including Latin America, the Caribbean,...
Boston College Library
collection
6,307
ITEMS
3.4M
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by Boston College Libraries
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Books from Boston College.
The American Methodism Project
collection
5,570
ITEMS
3.2M
VIEWS
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The American Methodism Project is a digitized collection of interdisciplinary and historical materials related to American Methodism. The primary goal of this project is to provide both the digital tools and the digitized texts of American Methodism to better understand both Methodism and the United States. Contemporary questions of church and state boundaries, the role of government, moral development, education, leadership, labor, immigration, family, etc. are topics which can benefit from...
Spanish Drama
collection
11,375
ITEMS
2.9M
VIEWS
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A collection for internal support at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Topic: drama
Family History Library
collection
846
ITEMS
2.9M
VIEWS
by Family History Library
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Books from the libraries of Brigham Young University Family History Library
Kansas State University
collection
7,884
ITEMS
2.9M
VIEWS
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Historical aspects of Kansas State University are documented in this collection of primary sources. Included are yearbooks, course catalogs, and more.
Minnesota Historical Society
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2,661
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2.8M
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The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. The Minnesota Historical Society is providing newspapers and manuscripts to the Internet Archive to provide access and preserve their content on the web for future generations. This project was funded in FY11...
Religion in North Carolina
collection
6,237
ITEMS
2.6M
VIEWS
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The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection is a grant-funded project to provide digital access to publications of and about religious bodies in North Carolina. Partner institutions at Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest University, contributed the largest portion of the items in this collection, but the collection is enriched by unique materials from libraries and archives throughout North Carolina. The materials in this collection include local church histories, periodicals, clergy biographies,...
Cushing-Whitney Medical Library
collection
6,160
ITEMS
2.6M
VIEWS
collection
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Books contributed by the Cushing-Whitney Medical Library, Yale University
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The goal of the University of Florida's Retrospective Dissertation Scanning project is to build a digital collection of approximately 8,000 dissertations written by PhD graduates of the University of Florida from 1934-2006. This page is the portal to the UF dissertations scanned and made available via the Internet Archive up to this point. In 2000 the University of Florida began requiring theses and dissertations in a digital format, and by 2006 all thesis and dissertations being submitted by...
Boston University Libraries Collection
collection
5,860
ITEMS
2.4M
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Boston University Libraries house more than 2.4 million physical volumes, over 45,000 current unique serials, and 77,000 media titles. Specialized libraries and collections include: African Studies Library Alumni Medical Library Astronomy Library Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center Mugar Memorial Library Music Library Pappas Law Library & Law Annex Pardee Management Library Pickering Educational Resources Library Science & Engineering Library Stone Science Library Theology Library
North Carolina Directories
collection
925
ITEMS
2.2M
VIEWS
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A collection of North Carolina City Directories from various contributing institutions. Visit the North Carolina Directories page at Digital NC: http://digitalnc.org/collections/north-carolina-city-directories
Northeastern University Libraries
collection
1,715
ITEMS
2.1M
VIEWS
collection
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Digitized versions of unique and rare books from Northeastern University Libraries
Emory University Libraries
collection
6,694
ITEMS
2.1M
VIEWS
collection
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Books from the Emory University Libraries
State Library of North Carolina
collection
5,258
ITEMS
2.1M
VIEWS
collection
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The State Library of North Carolina is a part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. It is the catalyst for exceptional library services in North Carolina. It is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in North Carolina. It develops and supports access to specialized collections for the people of North Carolina, including genealogy, North Caroliniana, and resources for the blind and physically handicapped. - General Collection Examine...
California Digital Library
texts
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Topics: Brothers and sisters, Orphans, Conduct of life, Education
Brandeis University Libraries
collection
1,838
ITEMS
2M
VIEWS
by Brandeis University Libraries
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Books from Brandeis University .
Delaware County District Library (Ohio)
collection
46,739
ITEMS
1.9M
VIEWS
collection
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The Delaware County District Library (DCDL) and its branches are vibrant centers of activity for residents and visitors in Delaware County. DCDL provides an inviting environment that encourages reading, learning, community discussion, and supports lifelong discovery. We are proud to be recognized for engaging minds, expanding opportunities, and improving the quality of life for Delaware County residents.
Penn State University
collection
3,292
ITEMS
1.9M
VIEWS
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Books contributed by Penn State University .
MIT Libraries
collection
4,516
ITEMS
1.9M
VIEWS
collection
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Books scanned by the Internet Archive for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries.
collection
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Webster Family Library of Veterinary Medicine
Topic: Veterinary Medicine
collection
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German, Scandinavian and Dutch Periodicals from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
California State Library
collection
2,959
ITEMS
1.5M
VIEWS
collection
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The California State Library , a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. Whether you are an elected official, a state employee, a representative of one of California's libraries, a person with special reading needs or a member of the general public, the California State Library is here for you. Our staff, including librarians, researchers, and consultants are at your...
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
collection
1,759
ITEMS
1.5M
VIEWS
by University of Pennsylvania Libraries
collection
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Books from the University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
collection
2,232
ITEMS
1.4M
VIEWS
collection
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The Interlibrary Loan Department at the Boston Public Library serves as headquarters for interlibrary loan activity in the Boston Regional Library System. The Department receives requests from the six regional libraries in Massachusetts. These libraries send requests on behalf of their member libraries. These libraries send in requests for books and journal articles. They also can send reference and subject requests. The staff of the Interlibrary Loan Department searches for these requests in...
Topic: BPL Interlibrary Loan
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The John Carter Brown Library's collection of books printed in Spanish America is among the finest in the world. In some areas, the collections are unmatched and include works found nowhere else. The Library has the largest collection in the world of books printed in Spanish America as a whole prior to ca. 1820, over 7,000 titles, encompassing the output of presses in Mexico, Peru, Central America, Argentina, Chile, and elsewhere. The remaining Spanish American presses represented in the JCB's...
LDS Church Magazines
collection
5,462
ITEMS
1.4M
VIEWS
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Periodicals from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
David O. McKay Library, BYU Idaho
collection
1,647
ITEMS
1.3M
VIEWS
collection
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Books from the David O. McKay Library at Brigham Young University, Idaho
Topic: keyword
The Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University
collection
883
ITEMS
1.3M
VIEWS
collection
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Books from the Mugar Memorial Library of Boston University Libraries .
Kansas State University Theses
collection
5,736
ITEMS
1.3M
VIEWS
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Dissertations, Theses, Projects, and Reports from Kansas State University prior to 1990.
collection
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Books included from the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Strengths are in areas of textile education, textile manufacturing and design, local history (Fall River and New Bedford and surrounding communities), and local ethnic communities including Portuguese, French-Canadian and Jewish.
Brethren Digital Archives
collection
969
ITEMS
1.2M
VIEWS
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The Mission of the Brethren Digital Archives is to digitize some or all of the periodicals produced from the beginning of publication to the year 2000 by each of the Brethren bodies who trace their origin to the baptism near Schwarzenau, Germany in 1708.
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The Journal of Research reports NIST research and development in metrology and related fields of: physical science engineering applied mathematics statistics biotechnology information technology Papers cover a broad range of subjects with major emphasis on measurement methodology and the basic technology underlying standardization. Also included, on occasion, are articles on topics closely related to the Institute’s technical and scientific programs.
State Library of Massachusetts
collection
1,544
ITEMS
1.2M
VIEWS
collection
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Books digitized by the Internet Archive for the State Library of Massachusetts .
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library
collection
1,998
ITEMS
1.2M
VIEWS
collection
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Books from the Library of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
collection
9,776
ITEMS
1.1M
VIEWS
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Anti-Slavery collection (approximately 40,000 pieces). In the late 1890's, the family of William Lloyd Garrison, along with others closely involved in the anti-slavery movement, presented the library with a major gathering of correspondence, documents, and other original material relating to the abolitionist cause from 1832 until after the Civil War. The major holdings consist of the papers of William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Weston Chapman and Deborah Weston, Lydia Maria Child, Amos Augustus...
Topics: Anti Slavery, William Lloyd Garrison, Abolition
BYU Brussels Opera and Ballet
collection
5,067
ITEMS
1.1M
VIEWS
collection
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This research collection for opera and ballet consists of a selection of print and manuscript scores, libretti, mise en scène, programs, scene designs and other archival documents. The materials date from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Its strengths include scores and performance materials from the French and Italian repertories dating from the late 18th and 19th centuries. Special features include a large collection of copyists’ manuscript scores for the operas of Giovanni Paisiello...
Duke University Libraries, University Archives
collection
560
ITEMS
1.1M
VIEWS
collection
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The Duke University Archives preserves the historical record of the university. This collection provides access to several key campus publications including the Chanticleer (student yearbook), the Trinity College Historical Papers (series of early faculty publications), as well as other core resources, such as campus course catalogs.
Meetings, Proceedings, and Conference Reports
collection
2,733
ITEMS
1.1M
VIEWS
collection
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Meetings, proceedings and conference reports relating to Religion in North Carolina.
Kansas State University Newspapers
collection
1,797
ITEMS
1M
VIEWS
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Kansas State University Newspapers 1875- .
Washington University Libraries
collection
27,005
ITEMS
988,800
VIEWS
collection
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The Washington University Libraries are a collaborative network of 12 academic libraries working to connect users with resources across the campuses of Washington University in St. Louis.
University of Memphis, University Libraries
collection
1,164
ITEMS
979,046
VIEWS
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As a member of the Open Content Alliance, the University Libraries at the University of Memphis is contributing digital content to the Internet Archive from our holdings including yearbooks, the campus newspaper, bulletins and schedules of classes, early literary magazines, and other materials related to the life and times of the University of Memphis and its predecessors throughout its first 100 years since opening its doors in 1912 as the West Tennessee State Normal School. All materials are...
BYU Campus Publications
collection
517
ITEMS
973,449
VIEWS
collection
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This collection contains materials published by Brigham Young University. These publications include the school yearbook (the Banyan), course catalogs and class schedules. The yearbook contains information about campus events and student life, the course catalogs offer descriptions of the various courses offered at Brigham Young University during a given academic year and contain information on degree requirements, and the class schedules provide detail as to what classes where offered when, by...
Topic: Brigham Young University
NYARC - New York Art Resources Consortium
collection
1,377
ITEMS
951,570
VIEWS
collection
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The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) consists of the research libraries of three leading art museums in New York City: The Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art. With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYARC was formed in 2006 to facilitate collaboration that results in enhanced resources to research communities. NYARC provides a framework to advance a series of programmatic services, with a potential for transforming the environments in which...
Topic: art
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
collection
973
ITEMS
914,670
VIEWS
collection
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Books contributed by Southern Illinois University Carbondale .
Indianapolis Public Library
collection
802
ITEMS
858,546
VIEWS
collection
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Materials contributed by The Indianapolis Public Library .
collection
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Materials from University of California, San Francisco Library (UCSF): http://www.library.ucsf.edu/ . The mission of the UCSF Library is to advance science, foster excellence in teaching and learning, and promote health through the collection, development, organization, and dissemination of the world's health sciences knowledge base.
UF Family Search
collection
6,730
ITEMS
797,548
VIEWS
collection
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A collection of materials selected for the Family Search Library, from the George A. Smathers Library collections.
Newman Numismatic Portal
collection
22,294
ITEMS
795,175
VIEWS
collection
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The goal of the Newman Numismatic Portal is to create the world’s most comprehensive online encyclopedia of American and Colonial coinage, currency, realia, and related correspondence and published literature. Materials from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society’s coin collections and supporting reference libraries will be digitized along with Washington University Libraries’ collections and made freely available to an online community of scholars and enthusiasts.
MoMA Library
collection
458
ITEMS
786,255
VIEWS
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The Museum of Modern Art Library is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art. The noncirculating collection documents painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, architecture, design, performance, video, film, and emerging art forms from 1880 to the present. The Museum of Modern Art Library is a founding member of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC). NYARC is a collaborative program of the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn...
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries
collection
738
ITEMS
785,679
VIEWS
collection
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Books from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Duke University Libraries, Confederate Imprints
collection
2,374
ITEMS
778,634
VIEWS
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Duke holds one of the world’s largest collections of Confederate imprints, or items printed in the Confederate States of America between secession from the Union and the surrender of the Confederate military forces (December 1860-April 1865). Confederate imprints are notable for their fragility and ephemerality, due to the scarcity of high-quality paper and a lack of large publishing and printing houses in the South, as well as for the view their contents give of military and civilian life in...
Topics: Confederate, Civil War, American history
Duquesne University, Gumberg Library
collection
828
ITEMS
769,495
VIEWS
collection
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Books from the Duquesne University, Gumberg Library
Northwestern University
collection
846
ITEMS
768,898
VIEWS
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The Northwestern University Archives, established in 1935, holds material relating to every aspect of Northwestern's history, including non-current official University records, papers of faculty members, and records of student organizations-- as well as publications, photographs, audio-visuals, artifacts, and more. The Archives' holdings are non-circulating, and are open to the public for research and reference. The Transportation Library of Northwestern University contains over 500,000 items,...
Topic: Northwestern University
Ohio State University Library
collection
1,103
ITEMS
742,615
VIEWS
collection
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The Ohio State University Libraries contributes public domain texts from its Reformatting Program to the Internet Archive. Texts are selected by the OSU Libraries Collection Managers, in consultation with the Preservation and Reformatting Department. Titles are drawn from all subject areas of the Libraries' collections. Texts no longer in copyright are available to all through the Internet Archive, and will be deposited to HathiTrust.
Topic: ohio state
Illinois State Library
collection
599
ITEMS
710,629
VIEWS
collection
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The Illinois Documents collection at the Illinois State Library Illinois State Library is a historical representation of state government since Illinois was granted statehood in 1818. The collection covers the entire scope of state government as Illinois evolved into an agrarian and industrial powerhouse. The coal mining industry was a critical part of the state’s economy during the past 100 years and the Illinois Coal Reports (1883-1986) document advances in mining technology, workmen...
State Library of Pennsylvania
collection
15,857
ITEMS
697,247
VIEWS
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The primary role of the State Library of Pennsylvania is to collect, preserve and provide access to materials for, by and about Pennsylvania for the information and research needs of all branches of state government, libraries and the public. Established in 1745, the library maintains and provides access to vast and varied collections of print materials, newspapers, maps and atlases, and rare books that tell the history of Pennsylvania and its people. The library has chosen to digitize selected...